Egilsstadir: Between the Wilderness Highlands and the Fjords

The secluded beauty of East Iceland is only just beginning to be discovered by travelers. The ancient landscape exhibits an extraordinary palette of colors in its narrow fjords, jagged peaks, toppling waterfalls, tranquil forests and endless green valleys.

Type of tour:Short breaks
Season:All year
Duration:3 Days/2 Nights
Departure:All days

Egilsstadir: Between the Wilderness Highlands and the Fjords

Extend your visit by adding this package on to an existing Iceland Travel package or book as an individual package! 

The East is home to Iceland‘s only reindeer herd, and local legends tell of hidden elves and mysterious monsters. The friendly town of Egilsstadir is the gateway to a region gaining a reputation for its excellent local cuisine and quality “slow travel“ appeal.

The East Fjords are one of the oldest regions in Iceland, shaped by glaciers during the Ice Age. Although many are uninhabited, each fjord has its own grandeur. The natural harbours in the fjords led to the development of pretty fishing villages that have maintained a sense of Old World charm.

The easy access to the North-eastern highlands, the National Park of Vatnajokull glacier and the freestanding Snaefell volcano, makes Egilsstadir a unique destination.  Unlike many other towns and villages in Iceland, Egilsstadir and its neighbouring areas are characterized by a beautiful green belt of trees and woods. With reforestation programs and agriculture high on the list of priorities, the area is packed with enjoyable forest walks and trails into nearby mountain ranges.


No domestic flights on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day,  New Year's Day and Easter Sunday. 

For all packages except Reykjavík - New Year's Celebration a supplement will be charged for the travel period 28.Dec 2017 - 2.Jan 2018. 


  • 2 nights at selected hotel Egilsstadir, including breakfast
  • Return flight Reykjavik - Egilsstadir (excluding airport tax)

Day 1: Flight to Egilsstadir

On your own, transfer to Reykjavik domestic airport for your flight to Egilsstaðir (10 minutes taxi drive from most hotels). After a 60-minute flight, you are in the beautiful east!  We suggest booking an add-on tour (or transfer) that will meet you at the airport (based on 8.30 am morning arrival in Egilsstaðir) and drop you off at your hotel after the tour. Suggestions are below.

Overnight stay in Egilsstaðir for the next 2 nights.

Egilsstaðir serves as the central hub with the regional airport.  The area around Egilsstaðir is gaining a name for itself as an excellent food culture destination, and many day tours involve meeting locals and taking part in their daily life.  Hallormsstadaskogur is an impressive forest in a country otherwise almost barren of trees. Beyond that lies the eastern highland wilderness with heaths, mountains and wild rivers.  This is the home of Iceland’s only wild reindeer population.  




Day 2: Day at your leisure in Egilsstadir – Optional Tours available

Local folklore is filled with legends of hidden people, elves and ghosts.  There are several interesting cultural spots in the region worth visiting, including the new Wilderness Centre, the Wartime Museum, and Petra’s Mineral Collection. East Iceland enjoys some of the sunniest weather in the country, and visitors enjoy spending time hiking, horseback riding, sea angling and enjoying boat tours.

Day tours can introduce you to the magnificent highland wilderness and the new interactive Wilderness Centre, or to the charming fishing villages of the East Fjords.  You also have unique opportunities to have dinner with local residents and chat about their daily life.  Outdoor adventures can include hiking on the excellent trails of Borgarfjordur Eystri or taking a horseback ride to an abandoned wilderness farm.  

Dinner with the locals

Reindeer Safari

Eastern Landscapes & Legends from Egilsstaðir




Day 3: Flight to Reykjavik

Depending on your flight, you may have some time for a short excursion.  On your own, transfer to Egilsstaðir‘s airport for your flight to Reykjavik.

Should you wish to extend your stay, we would be happy to book additional nights and tours for you. Please have a look at our wide selection of day tour options and book in advance.


Prices per person in EUR Winter 2018

Hotels Period Double Single Triple
Icelandair Hotel Herad   01.Jan- 30. Apr 2018 525 610 n/a
Hotel Valaskjalf 01.Jan- 30. Apr 2018 510 598



Prices per person in EUR Summer 2018

Hotels Period Double Single Triple
Hotel Valaskjalf 01.-31.May & 01.-30.September 652 781 611
Hotel Valaskjalf 01.June-31.August 762 950 697

Airport tax not included. (as per 1.5.2016. Adults: r/t EUR 33. Children: r/t EUR 25).

Children rate

Infants 0-1 years: Free of charge.

Children 2-11 years sharing a room with 2 adults will receive 25% discount from the listed price

Discount does not apply to airport taxes

Prices may change without prior notice. If an incorrect price has been listed, we reserve the right to refuse, cancel or limit any order placed at the incorrect price.


Budget self-drive holiday

By selecting a budget self-drive holiday you'll lower your costs considerably as you'll be staying in accommodation with shared facilities.
These are a combination of basic hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. All rooms have made-up beds and some rooms have washbasins. Showers and WC are shared facilities. The first night in all budget self-drives with Iceland Travel include a accommodation with private facilities in the town of Hveragerdi.

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Economy self-drive holiday

Our economy self-drives offer you the chance to travel around Iceland in a worry free spirit, staying in accommodation with private facilities without stretching your budget. Throughout your stay you'll be residing in a combination of standard hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. Your final night will be in a 3 star hotel in Reykjavik.

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Comfort self-drive holiday

Our comfort self-drive holidays allow you to spend your days exploring rural Iceland, knowing your nights will be spent in the most comfortable accommodation each area has to offer. Throughout the tour you'll stay in quality hotels and guesthouses where all rooms have private facilities. Your final night will be in a 4 star hotel in Reykjavik.

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Superior self-drive holiday

Upgrade your comfort car rental holiday to the best possible accommodation with premium amenities, either for the full duration of your stay or only selected nights. The upgrade can either be to a superior room in a comfort hotel, or a standard room in an upscale hotel.
The cost for a superior upgrade is 84 EUR per room per night (on prices in comfort category).
This upgrade is only available upon request. Let us know during the booking process just how superior you want your holiday to be, and we'll customize your trip!

Late Arrival Supplement

Late Arrival Supplement for passengers arriving late evening/night. Stay at Airport Hotel Smari at Keflavik International Airport for your pre night instead of Hveragerdi Area. Supplement per room per night is 48 EUR in Category Comfort and 63 EUR on prices in Economy and Budget.


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